Fort William Mountain Festival returns to a live, multi-venue event in 2022

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Organisers of the 18th Fort William Mountain Festival have announced they be staging their live, multi-venue event in and around Fort William over five days in February.

Iain Cameron heading towards the summit of Ben Nevis after an ascent of North-East Buttress. Photograph courtesy of Omega Guiding.

The event will take place from Wednesday 16 to Sunday February 20 in the Outdoor Capital of the UK and includes an action-packed programme full of inspiration, education, entertainment, action and adventure.

It includes presentations from world-class outdoor adventurers; adrenaline filled and thought-provoking films from both the Festival’s very own international film competition entries and the Banff Centre Mountain Festival World Tour; a number of award nights, including The Scottish Awards for Excellence in Mountain Culture and The Photographer of the Year Award, celebrating a range of outstanding achievements; thought provoking environmental discussions; and a collection of quality fringe events including winter mountain skills workshops, philosophy walks, and bike and running themed nights.

Visitors to and residents of Lochaber can celebrate everything the great outdoors has to offer at the festival presented in association with the Nevis Landscape Partnership, the OCUK, Ellis Brigham, Jahama Highland Estates, John Muir Trust, and the Highland Council.

Rod Pashley, chairman of The Highland Mountain Culture Association, organisers of the Fort William Mountain Festival, said: ‘In 2021 we produced a stunning online festival amid the challenges of Covid-19.

Now we’re back to a live event, celebrating the wild landscape that surrounds us in Fort William and Lochaber; the inspiration that fuels the passion and enthusiasm behind the Mountain Festival.

‘The Fort William Mountain Festival has something for everyone with a love for the outdoors.’

The fun starts with festival launch night on Wednesday February 16 when film-makers Keith Partridge, Paul Diffley and Dave Macleod will be at the Nevis Centre to  celebrate stories behind the stories of the History of British Mountaineering film-making. Live music, beer and street food producers will also be on hand.

The Exhibition Zone at the Nevis Centre will be open daily from 5.30-10pm, where there will be the usual mix of mountaineering exhibits, books and trade stands.

Highland Cinema is also expected to be busy during the festival. Guests include adventurer and climate change graduate James Armour, wild swimmer and TV presenter Calum McLean, members of the Adventure Syndicate, author and paralympic cyclist Karen Darke MBE.

Festival organisers have also put together a fringe event programme which includes a wide range of workshops with plenty of opportunities for both novices and experts alike to get out and about amidst the beautiful Lochaber winter landscape, including winter mountaineering skills, philosophy walks, wild swimming, biking, running, yoga, outdoor art.

For the full programme and to find out more about the Fort William Mountain Festival 2022 and to buy tickets go to mountainfestival.co.uk

Iain Cameron taking a shortcut on the descent from the CIC hut, Ben Nevis in the background. Photograph courtesy of Omega Guiding.